Hi-Fi spottings in the wild.

prime minister

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Give me a day or two and maybe I'll pop them out of the system and try them in a different room. How "right against the wall" would you need them to be? How far from corners and such?

Corners aren't an issue, but likely as close to the wall as possible. Image isn't that big of a deal, but tonality is.

And thank you!
 

fiddlefye

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Corners aren't an issue, but likely as close to the wall as possible. Image isn't that big of a deal, but tonality is.

And thank you!
Ok. I'll try them up close to a wall (ain't gonna happen in the room where they are now) and see what happens! This is a *very old* pic of how they are set up. Given the wide angle lens used it isn't immediately apparent that the speakers are mostly inside the opening of the corner recess which is itself rather wider than it appears to be. I somehow can't imagine imaging being a problem with these speakers under almost any circumstances.
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fiddlefye

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Finally another spotting. This time a Sony STR-7045 and Large Advents in utility/vinyl cabinets at a film editing place I was at. They also had a Philips 212 turntable.

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That is a pretty classic pairing, at least in TO back in the day. My high school had Sony and large Advents in the music room and a few friends parents had the same at home.
 

JohnVF

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That is a pretty classic pairing, at least in TO back in the day. My high school had Sony and large Advents in the music room and a few friends parents had the same at home.
I had one of their receivers from that era and it was really nice, as well as the TA-2000a and 2000f preamps and matching 3200 amp. Oh, and the STC-7000 "preceiver", preamp/tuner combo. Which was really cool but, like the rest, easily beaten now for sound quality.

Here's the STC-7000 that I had. And this also reminds me, with the background, that I had an SX-1280 with its box and should have kept it so that I could sell it now for about 3x what I had in it.

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I noticed the Heresys at Chipotle too. Unmistakable driver layout. While I'm not a Klipsch fan, I did think they sound pretty good in that space.

I have a pair of modded but still vintage Heresys on loan from a friend in my garage now. In a guilty pleasure admission I've always wanted a pair since I heard them at the cool night club for live music in Champaign when I was in college. I just built a pair of the tip-up bases for them.

However, when I first played them, I almost threw in the towel. "Best of Parliament" sounded so horrible. But then I played Orbital's Snivalization because it was next to the CD player. One minute in I still hated them but the good recording on the first song made them almost, almost impressive and really deliciously loud driven by a cheap Panasonic portable CD player, Sumo Athena pre and 60W Audire Crescendo power. Little Bear tube buffer between the amp and pre. More later on this eclectic throw back combo but I do find myself craving a second concert hall level listening.
 

MikeyFresh

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A somewhat new Geico TV ad shows a vintage Marantz receiver with some kind of plastic strip covering up the brand and model:

 

kirk57

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Band of Bohemia on Ravenswood in Chicago has a couple of systems. The area where you first walk in has a working BIC 960 TT actually playing records. I was with friends so didn’t want go all stereo-geek to see what the rest of the system was.
 
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JohnVF

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Revisiting this thread after a very random gear siting. Visiting Billy Corgan’s (of Smashing Pumpkins - a very popular band of my generation) tea shop up the lake from where we live, and he’s here playing records through a pair of Klipsch Fortes. I wouldn’t say he’s DJing in the traditional sense. He’s just playing records, mostly ‘60s lounge at the moment.
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fiddlefye

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Revisiting this thread after a very random gear siting. Visiting Billy Corgan’s (of Smashing Pumpkins - a very popular band of my generation) tea shop up the lake from where we live, and he’s here playing records through a pair of Klipsch Fortes. I wouldn’t say he’s DJing in the traditional sense. He’s just playing records, mostly ‘60s lounge at the moment.
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Well now, that looks like fun. I was listening to a little "Pumpkins" last evening, actually. Zuzu's... any petals involved?
 

JohnVF

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Well now, that looks like fun. I was listening to a little "Pumpkins" last evening, actually. Zuzu's... any petals involved?
I don't think there were any petals beyond a few flowers in the window, and maybe some of the leaves in the tea. He had a similar taste in music to my own, at least as far as Sunday morning relaxing.
 

kirk57

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I noticed the Heresys at Chipotle too. Unmistakable driver layout. While I'm not a Klipsch fan, I did think they sound pretty good in that space.
I've seen Heresy's at many Chipotles. I wonder how many Klipsch has sold to them; must be a nice contract for them.

Sonics are always a mess, with horn drivers mounted behind a wall 12 feet up, playing into a space that is half glass and all hard surfaces. It's a no-win situation for any speaker.
 

kirk57

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Revisiting this thread after a very random gear siting. Visiting Billy Corgan’s (of Smashing Pumpkins - a very popular band of my generation) tea shop up the lake from where we live, and he’s here playing records through a pair of Klipsch Fortes. I wouldn’t say he’s DJing in the traditional sense. He’s just playing records, mostly ‘60s lounge at the moment.
Billy is an audiophile himself. I know a few people that have been to his house and apparently he has a very nice system. He lives around here so people see him pretty often. I had a brief conversation with him when we were browsing for vinyl at Half Priced Books (now closed, sadly)
 

fiddlefye

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I don't think there were any petals beyond a few flowers in the window, and maybe some of the leaves in the tea. He had a similar taste in music to my own, at least as far as Sunday morning relaxing.
Well you know what my reference was...
 

fiddlefye

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Yes, for sure. A friend of mine was in a band called ZuZu's Petals in the early '80s.
The depth the movie has sunk into the collective psyche is pretty remarkable. We still watch it over the Christmas season without fail and look forward to it. When it came out there was a lot of suspicion in certain political circles that it was leftist propaganda...
 
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